Small Business News

Pitch It & Win It is just around the corner
Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:00 am
By: Shaun Sappenfield

StartUp Jefferson City recently hosted a Practice Pitch session at the Chamber to assist local entrepreneurs as they consider moving their business idea to reality. The session allowed participants the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges and at the same time receive constructive feedback from panel members. The session was extremely beneficial to those that participated. The panel of business professionals provided participants with a host of information ranging from market considerations and business structure to potential financing options.

The Practice Pitch session was the second of three separate events in 2014, hosted by StartUp Jefferson City to provide support to local entrepreneurs. StartUp’s final event, Pitch It & Win It, is scheduled for October 25 at the Capital Event Center and will allow contestants the opportunity to win a portion of $5,000 in prize money to help offset business startup costs.

“The pitch event is a great opportunity to interact with fellow entrepreneurs and gain helpful business counseling at the same time,” said Leslie Tanner, StartUp Jefferson City Chairman. “It is the committee’s intent to identify and support as many business startups as possible.”

Starting a small business can be a very rewarding experience, but at the same time it can be extremely challenging and sacrifices must be made to make a dream become reality. Understanding the task at hand and having the willingness to “do your ground work” before diving head-first into opening a new business, is time well spent in the end.

If you are interested in receiving business counseling, please contact the following resource providers:
Business Planning Resources – Contact Information

• University of Missouri Extension – Small Business Dev. Center www.extension.missouri.edu/cole/or call (573) 634-2824

• SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)  www.jcchamber.org  (SCORE tab) or call (573) 635-3586

• StartUp Jefferson City   www.jcchamber.org - (StartUp JC tab) or call (573) 634-3586

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